In short: I enjoyed the race and the city of Cardiff! In full: Lovely race, and the organisation was excellent, very flat so it is good for beginners like me. I've seen some people concerned about the price but I think it was a good value for money, you get to race around nice spots in the city centre, traffic free, good day out for the whole family, my husband and daughter managed to see me departing, at 5km and at the end. And we are all helping a good cause. The medal is nice and the goody bag with the Cardiff guidebook was a nice touch. I will be back with my family next year, my toddler might be just old enough to run the 2K with my husband while I warm up! Date of review: September 26, 2008
In short: Good course, good cause. In full: First time that I have done this course - so much better than the ever increasing circles around the Civic centre. If they can get runners to line up according to expected finishing time it would get a higher rating from me. I got tripped and collided with a bollard at the side of the cricket ground. Agree with comments about km markers and water. The T-shirts are in loud colours to get them noticed and hopefully talked about.
Hard for me to say as a Newport boy but a very good race, Cardiff. Date of review: September 11, 2008
In short: Congratulations to the organisers, great event. In full: Having called into the KRUF offices on two occasions I've seen at first hand just how hard the small number of staff have to work to make this event such a success. Their commitment is exemplary and I'm sure they'll take on board the suggestions for improvement to make the run even better next year. I much preferred it to the Cardiff Bay run. Date of review: September 10, 2008
In short: good race in great location, but still scope to make improvements In full: Enjoyed the race and will do again next year. Great route, and atmosphere. There is scope to improve the enjoyment even further and make this one of the best 10k in the UK - too many slow runners and walkers at the front so you spend the first 2km weaving in and out. - the use of bottles is a complete waste of time and money and not needed for a 10km race. Use cups - KM markers must be in the right place. - the tee shirts are prety awful, mine was bright purple, and most people will never wear again. Would rather the cost go to the charity. - the goody bag was not a goody bag, and again a waste of time. Much better to be just given a medal - try and keep spectators etc off the run in, this applies to both the 2km race and the 10km. Date of review: September 10, 2008
In short: Consistently reliable In full: Regarding previous comments about the cost: yes, it is for a very worthwhile cause (although aren't all charities worthwhile?) and when all's said and done, nobody was forced to stick their hand in their pocket. On the negative side, clear wastage as alrady pointed out. Still not bad compared with the othe rCardiff 10k though, and if a race is well organised and has a good atmosphere, I'm prepared to put up with a steep entry fee - it's when they charge the earth then deliver a substandard experience that it grates! Only real problem was the km markers - as others have said, the first 2kms were very short, the third and ninth excessively long, which ruined any chance of judging your pace unless you're an expert. Especially disappointing as I can't see why they couldn't have been set out correctly - a flat course through quiet parkland isn't the hardest one to map out!! Still, great event with a nice atmosphere and definite pb potential. Good crowd support and a very worthwhile event. Date of review: September 8, 2008
In short: Great for PB's In full: The good: Good course (especially the 2nd half), flat and good for PBs. Great atmosphere, I liked having the 2k start at 9:30, some of those kids did were impressive, also seemed to get the crowd going. The bad: Dodgy km markers, bottles of water at the drink station was a terrible waste - most people only had a sip and threw the 90% full bottles on the ground. Also the good bag was made up primarily of a medal and advertising material - more waste. Just hand the finishers the medal if you must have one and do away with the bags altogether. No safety pins!
There have been a few complaints about the price. I'd complain too if the race wasn't based around a charity - there's plenty of cheaper races out there if you're just entering for a position and time. Date of review: September 8, 2008